"Remember? She was
19kg when you amputated her leg?" the slim writer in
black frame glasses asked me. "Now she is 31 g. I had
fed her well."
can I ever forget her?" I was impressed with the high
quality care given as I thought this hamster would
never live after such a drastic surgery. Being
amputated at the knee and being such a tiny creature.
And the delay in seeking surgery due to Vet 1's
advice. The suspected bone cancer had not spread since
the leg was cut away. See
My 3 dwarf hamsters
That is why she is alive now. 31 g from 19 g. What an
"There are some dwarf hamsters that stand out." The
other vet had delayed her operation and the tumour
exploded in size to a 10-cent disc coin mass stuck to
the knee and nearby areas.
Furthermore her sibling had this smelly ear and had
died, at the weight of 19g, after 4 operations.
"This sibling had no ear problem at all," the lady
said. "She has been scratching her left ear."
"Was she housed together with the sibling?"
"No, she lives alone all the while," she said.
"How come she got her ear infected?" I asked. She
shook her head. The hamster squeaked loudly when
is only one common connection between the two
siblings," I said. "And that is you, the owner".
The writer smiled. Themes are relevant to a writer and
there is a theme in "ear infections and hamster
"She is hard to handle," the lady said when I
suggested some ear drops.
I put the hamster under isoflurane gas and showed 1
polytechnic student who turned up by himself how the
hamster's ear is irrigated. It is not possible to
irrigate her ear without anaesthesia and forcing that
by kill her due to fright and fight back.
The next day, the hamster was not scratching her left
ear. But she started scratching her right ear. I
phoned the owner to take her home and observe. "If it
is ear tumour," I assumed due to the age, the non-use
of hamster sand bath, the fact that the sibling had
died from ear infection and cyst and probably tumour,
"I may need to remove the ear canal early. Wait for 2
weeks, take the medication and irrigate the ear and
see what happens."